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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Why Do We Work? It’s Not What You Think

Why Do We Work? It’s Not What You Think | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Work is a part of being human. It’s easy to think that we work simply to earn a living. But work is much more. Work is one of the ways we make a difference and help make someone else’s life a little better.


Work provides us with the important opportunity to use our gifts. It’s a place we can shine and be respected and accomplish something that matters. That sense of accomplishment puts joy in our hearts and a kick in our step.

 

We work because that is what humans have always done. Stories of children from wealthy families who never have to work struggle to find meaning in life and often instead find it in drugs, alcohol, sex, and selfishness.

 

All of us, especially leaders, easily forget the meaning that work has to others.

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A strong foundation holds up your life

A strong foundation holds up your life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

There is a lot of coaching that is performance and results oriented. This is included in most of my work with clients. Most of the time, it is included but not the primary focus.

 

What is primary is the foundational work. You have to have a clear, authentic, developed foundation in your life in order to be effective and achieve goals that have real meaning for you. Just working to accomplish more, have more, do more, without it reflecting and being guided by your inner truth will deplete you and not fulfill you.

 

Depending on how you relate and have access to your inner compass, you will be guided or restricted. That is why it is so important to understand your core assumptions and make sure they are aligned with who you really are.


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Millionaire Brendon Burchard Shares The One Most Important Trait

Millionaire Brendon Burchard Shares The One Most Important Trait | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you an expert longing to share your messages with the world and be financially successful doing it? Millionaire Brendon Burchard shares the one most critical success trait that experts need to succeed.

 

This month, I had one of the most eye-opening and enlivening interviews I’ve ever experienced with a personality in the expert industry.  The interviewee was Brendon Burchard, New York Times best-selling author of The Millionaire Messenger and Founder ofExperts Academy.  After reading The Millionaire Messenger, I felt compelled to connect with Brendon to get a first-hand glimpse of his fresh and motivating perspectives on how experts can achieve tremendous financial success while sharing their special messages with the world – something so many experts want to do but can’t seem to discover how.

 

Brendon’s story is a compelling one – of narrowly surviving a car accident at age 19 on a dark and steamy Caribbean night, and standing bleeding atop the crumpled hood of his wrecked car faced with the concept of mortality.  In that one moment between life and death, he discovered that at the end of our lives we will all ask, “Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?”

 

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How to Tie Up the Loose Ends of Your Productivity

How to Tie Up the Loose Ends of Your Productivity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Loose ends.

 

They hang out. And bother you.

 

They rub you the wrong way.

 

They gnaw on your subconscious and make you feel guilty.

 

Sometimes, you need to address these loose ends so that you can concentrate on the task at hand.

 

What you do you to tie up?

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Leadership lessons learned from nature

Leadership lessons learned from nature | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Observing nature can allow you to learn leadership lessons in a different way, providing you with ideas about how you can lead at your best.

 

A few years ago, I had the privilege of being one of the few who actually watched a hummingbird weave her nest out of lichen and spider webs, nurture the eggs, feed the very tiny babies and teach them to fly.

 

It was an extraordinary experience captured from the window of my office. I spent more time observing this wonderful spectacle than I should have, captivated at the tiny, fierce mother and the babies as they went out on their own. In my mind’s eye, I won’t forget what I saw. It was fascinating and humbling to watch the persistence of this tiny bird.

 

I also remember some of the lessons the mother hummingbird imparted that are relevant to leading others.

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10 Bad Habits You Need to Break to Be More Productive

10 Bad Habits You Need to Break to Be More Productive | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

We all have bad habits that we can admit to.

 

Some of these bad habits keep up from being productive.

 

Others cause us to work harder and impose stress on our lives.

 

To improve our ability to get things done and reduce the effort required, we need to break these habits.

 

What habits are keeping you from getting your work done?

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Ken Morrison's comment, July 20, 2012 8:41 PM
I am happy that it addressed the mobile phone distraction.
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The Stupidity and Strength of Youth

The Stupidity and Strength of Youth | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Young leaders focus on themselves too much.

 

Young leaders focus on themselves too much. They mistakenly believe success depends on them rather than others. They think about their own potential and neglect the potential of others.

 

"Small dreams are reached alone.Great dreams require others."

 

Young leaders limit themselves by sinking into themselves. Shifting from success to significance makes great dreams possible.

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Lessons from the End of the Rope

Lessons from the End of the Rope | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Your failure-to-success journey is the most interesting thing about you. All successful leaders stumble, fall, and climb out of the ash heap only to be better for it.

 

Your failure-to-success journey is the most interesting thing about you. All successful leaders stumble, fall, and climb out of the ash heap only to be better for it. Flaunt it; don’t hide it. Facades cripple leadership.

 

Success coupled with frailty is beautifully inviting.

 

Your transformations represent your greatest ability to transform others. Don’t tell me about arriving; tell me about the journey.

 

“Leaders are defined, not defeated, by setbacks.”
Alyse Nelson

 

Setbacks are opportunities for clarity, humility, growth, and wisdom; faced well, they strengthen resolve. I asked Alyse Nelson, author of Vital Voices, about her own setbacks,

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Keys to Great Leadership: It’s About Using Your Head — and Your Heart

Keys to Great Leadership: It’s About Using Your Head — and Your Heart | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. — Nelson Mandela Seabiscuit illustrates a central point about the quest for the triple crown: both head and heart are required.

 

Seabiscuit illustrates a central point about the quest for the triple crown: both head and heart are required.

 

The way most leaders go about identifying and developing talent is utterly insufficient for what is needed to create a triple crown organization. They focus mostly on the head and neglect the heart.

 

They emphasize hard skills and capabilities like knowledge, skills, and expertise. They assess intelligence, education, pedigree, experience, technical competence, skills, and other conventional indicators.

 

The head is just part of the equation

 

Of course, those factors are critical, and sometimes raw brainpower is especially important. Princeton’s president, Shirley Tilghman, told us, “Brains really matter. You can’t be a leader here if you’re not smart.” Ron Sugar, former CEO and chairman of Northrop-Grumman (a global provider of military and commercial security systems), told us, “A lot of our work is literally rocket science, so we have 45,000 outstanding scientists and engineers.”


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The Myth of Multitasking

The Myth of Multitasking | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
We often describe our attempts to be productive while engaging multiple objectives as “multitasking.”

 

Yet this description is not only inaccurate, but it may even be perpetuating behaviors that will hinder your success.

 

“Multitasking” was coined originally as a computer term, describing the ability of processors to handle (or appear to handle) more than one function at a time. True multitasking for computers was not achieved until the advent of the dual processor (followed by the multi-processor), which allowed different components to independently perform dedicated tasks.

 

When it comes to human cognition, however, we don’t have multi-processors. Conscious thought is a singular experience. We cannot compartmentalize our brains to work two different problems at once, or simultaneously perform independent tasks.

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A Simple Strategy for Neutralizing Stress

A Simple Strategy for Neutralizing Stress | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed? As strategic advisor Peter Bregman explains, it's probably stemming from frustrated expectations—when our hopes don't quite match reality.

 

Feeling stressed? As strategic advisor Peter Bregman explains, it's probably stemming from frustrated expectations—when our hopes don't quite match reality. Thankfully, there's an easy strategy for overcoming frustration and tackling the stress connected to it.


Imagine you're sailing in the Bahamas, sipping a cold drink and listening to the water lapping the sides of the boat.

 

Relaxing, right? Not for my friend Rob.*

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Small Choices Big Impact

Small Choices Big Impact | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Every moment of every day, we are making choices.

 

“When should I get up in the morning?” “What is the first thing I’ll do when I get out of bed?” “What will I eat for breakfast or will I eat breakfast? “Today I am going to buy that shiny new object and accrue debt.” “I can cross this ethical line, just once.”

 

On and on … we make little daily choices.

 

They add up. Over time, these choices become our habits -  conscious or unconscious, wanted or unwanted.

 

While they may seem somewhat benign at first, these little choices make up how we live daily.

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How to lead while everyone's watching | SmartBlogs

How to lead while everyone's watching | SmartBlogs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In this video, I offer some suggestions for leaders who need to manage their time in the spotlight.

 

Savvy leaders know that everyone in their organization is watching them.

 

So what can leaders do to lead in the age when social media is not only ubiquitous but also perceived to be more credible than mainstream media?

 

In this video, I offer some suggestions for leaders who need to manage their time in the spotlight.

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The Power of ‘What If?’

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How can we trigger innovative thought, consistently, deliberately and when we need it? One way is to use the power of a simple question. It’s a question at the heart of creativity, invention and im...

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The Every Day Leader: Your Attitude is Contagious

The Every Day Leader: Your Attitude is Contagious | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Modeling a good attitude takes work and LOTS OF PRACTICE. As every day leaders we must be intentional to model an attitude that is positive and contagious to those around us. Doing this does not come naturally!

 

I know her first name and really not much else, but in just those few minutes I spent with her she inspired me. She was being an every day leader by her contagious attitude about life. I didn’t know what she did for a living, I didn’t know her family background, her beliefs, or her history, but what I learned in that short conversation had an impact on me that will last the rest of my life. I was reminded that our attitude is contagious. She turned a difficult situation into a positive one and shared it with me. I want to model that attitude.

 

This encounter was a great reminder to me that our attitudes play a huge role even in the most unexpected places! I am amazed at the influence we can have on people we don’t even know. We each have the ability to be someone of influence and that influence can be positive or negative…our attitude can be contagious!


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Screw “Dents”… I’m Aiming for an Immense Gaping Hole!

Screw “Dents”… I’m Aiming for an Immense Gaping Hole! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In this world of brilliant people, those who do not embrace personal branding will find themselves falling behind those that might be less brilliant, yet better positioned through branding.

 

Then recently, I saw the title of an article that had something to do with making a dent in the world. I didn’t read the article, or see who the author was. But the concept stayed with me; the thought kept piercing my mind: “What kind of dent am I making?” I was struggling with the way my life was going. The success I was having was good, but it wasn’t enough—or maybe it just wasn’t …meaningful.

 

As I pondered this one night, thinking about how a dent is the result of an impact (a hammer striking a wall, a heavy object dropping to the ground), and how the size of the impact determines the dimension and depth of the dent, the thought struck me:

 

“Screw ‘Dents’…I want to make an ‘Immense Gaping Hole."

 

What’s the gaping hole that I want to create in the world? I am still working on that, but I want to make a difference in people’s lives, do something useful, create something meaningful …be somebody who makes other people’s lives better, and of course improve the quality of my life and that of my family.

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10 Proven Practices for More Productive Leadership

10 Proven Practices for More Productive Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The best way to produce consistent outcomes is to employ proven patterns and practices that make them repeatable. In this guest post, J.D. Meier outlines 10 of them.

 

Leadership is a verb, and productive leadership is an art. The art part is when you use your experience and judgment to apply proven practices to the situation you are in to produce effective results.

 

While you can always wing it, or luck into success, you can use patterns and practices to find the shortcuts and make your success more repeatable.

 

As a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft I’ve lead distributed teams around the world for more than ten years. I like to think of the Program Manager role as a technical Entrepreneur with an interesting blend of customer, business, and technical perspective.

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Why you should make your executives sweat

Why you should make your executives sweat | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Some executive education programs are tacking on a fitness component to make participants think sharper and work hard the old-fashioned way.

 

At a Wharton leadership conference last month, Deloitte's managing principal of talent development, Bill Pelster, was showing off his company's new leadership school in Westlake, Texas, called Deloitte University. A key piece of real estate on the $300 million facility, he said, is DU's 12,000 square-foot fitness room, called "DFit" for short.

 

DFit is not just an amenity. It plays a key role in Deloitte's training programs, Pelster says. Some of the university's programs for top executives require participants to wake up at 6:00 in the morning and hit the gym before starting the leadership training part of the itinerary. "The intent is to get them into a good sweat," Pelster says, and also expose them to techniques for working out when they travel. At first, the leaders might complain about the early wake-up call, but most of them say, in their feedback after the program, that the fitness portion should definitely stay.

 

So people enjoy hitting up the elliptical before working their grey matter, but does exercise actually make people better leaders? There's evidence that it does.

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How Effective Leaders Talk (and Listen)

How Effective Leaders Talk (and Listen) | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, authors of "Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations."...

 

I have to laugh -- now we are teaching leaders how to have conversations -- something we do as naturally as breathing!

 

But OK -- I get it. When you are the CEO it can be a lonely place at the top. And how do you start having meaningful conversations with staff without scaring them all to heck? And what are the risks to the leader when they engage in these kinds of conversations?

 

I've been saying for years that organizational change and employee engagement happen through conversations. Seems to finally be gaining some traction. I work with execs on their listening and storytelling skills, never thinking I'd have to address the ins-and-outs of conversations. But hey -- the insights here are solid and I can see what I need to add when I coach leaders.

 

This is a podcast that covers these main points and more. It is also a promo for the author's new book, which you might also be interested in.

 

If you work with organizations and senior executives, you will gain some decent ah-hahs!

 

Original link:

http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2012/07/how-effective-leaders-talk-and.html ;

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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People Skills: Replace The Deadly Don't You Think

People Skills: Replace The Deadly Don't You Think | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
ONE word or phrase can mar career relationships & destroy your professional people-skills image. Leaders, team members, new grads - avoid this phrase. (Simple change with a great result!

 

Every so often I write about specific words or phrases that can ruin an interaction or destroy your professional people-skills image in one quick moment. Most of them are subtly insulting, evasive, and/or manipulative.

 

If you are going to express your opinion, state it clearly as your opinion. Transferring your opinion to others as “don’t you think”, is presumptuous, patronizing, and rude.


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Team Development Is Not A Straight Line

Team Development Is Not A Straight Line | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The thoughtLEADERS Blog covers leadership, communications, strategy and operations. All posts are practical and applicable to help you apply the methods we teach.

 

People too often believe that success is a straight line drive.

 

They want to assume that you start at point A and go immediately to point B without the distraction or bother of anything other than a direct path.

 

But success is not found by traveling a straight line drive.

 

Success and happiness are most assuredly found more often on the back roads and side roads and along the way from your starting point to your destination as part of what will likely be a very interesting, unexpected, and winding path.

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Your Biggest Culprit to Workday Productivity

Your Biggest Culprit to Workday Productivity | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Every day is a battle for productivity when you’re a small business owner or consultant.

 

Every day is a battle for productivity when you’re a small business owner or consultant. And, if we’re being honest, productivity can be especially hard to hold on to during these warm summer months when BBQs and beach daydreams wreak havoc on our day.

 

If you’ve ever sat back and wondered what happened between 9-5, a new survey from the creators of OfficeTime may interest you. Here, the time tracking site polled respondents to answer the question “where does our time go” and identified some of the biggest culprits to workplace productivity.

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Are You Suffering From The Illusion of Transparency?

Are You Suffering From The Illusion of Transparency? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you google the phrase “transparency in business” you’ll get more than 61,200,000 results. 

 

If you google the phrase “transparency in business” you’ll get more than 61,200,000 results. Needless to say, it’s a hot topic in leadership and business circles. The global meltdown of trust in business, government, and other institutions over the last several years has generated cries for more transparency in communications, legislation, and governance.

 

Oddly enough, research has shown that in our attempts to be more transparent, we may actually be suffering anillusion of transparency - the belief that people are perceiving and understanding our motivations, intents, and communications more than they actually are.

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Rising to the Challenge Before Us – LEADING FORWARD

Rising to the Challenge Before Us – LEADING FORWARD | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An important Call to Action guest post by Irene Becker. Times of great challenge demand great leadership. We have arrived at that point and the choice is ours.

 

Technology cannot not save us from ourselves. The greatest danger we face is internal; it lurks within our minds, it lurks within the epicenter of corporate culture, in lurks within the smallest to greatest of organizations. It lurks within families and communities, towns, villages and cities. It is here and it is real.Fear and negativity resonate with our most primal of instincts, we are all innately drawn to both, they can captivate us, they can blind us to the truth of what is.

 

We stand at a fork in the road, a place where we face either the greatest Renaissance humans have ever known or a descent into decline, chaos and destruction. I believe in our ability to do better, not simply work harder. I believe in the hearts and minds of the changemakers, the courageous among us who will stand up to the challenge before us. I believe in our power to make a difference and to be the difference.

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The Power of Role Modelling

The Power of Role Modelling | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The message I hope you get from this is that as a leader, you are never not role modelling (you may want to read that again!).

 

But it is true and goes with the territory. If you want staff to be responsible professionals, treat them as such and model that in your own behaviour. If you want them in turn to adopt a coaching style to their interactions with their teams, then you really need to role model that for them, in order to show that it is important. You can’t forget and slip back to your default style, (especially if that is anything like the style of the Head of Trading) and yet insist everybody else engages in coaching.

 

Your actions, in this case, will certainly speak much louder than your words.

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